You’d never know that this bright and elegant space once housed clergymen (though the adjacent cathedral-turned-event-space Vibiana might give it away). Inside, longtime LA chef Neal Fraser and restaurateur Amy Knoll Fraser have created a menu of refined modern-American comfort food, with dishes like Dayboat Scallops with sunchokes and Celery Root and Ricotta Cavatelli in a wild boar sugo. In addition to the main dining room with its retractable roof and intimate front lounge, the restaurant added additional (and rather romantic) seating in the Redbird Garden during the pandemic that still remains. If you can make it Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm, you’ll find an excellent bar-only happy hour with $10 bites and discounted signature cocktails, beer, and wine.
The grand space that is chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s Redbird once served as a rectory for the adjacent historic cathedral-turned-event-space Vibiana. It’s always been the perfect glam restaurant for lingering over a long brunch, and the menu is a varied one with influences from just about everywhere. Brunch brings signature items like Duck Confit Chilaquiles and Basque Baked Eggs with short rib, morcilla, piquillos, potatoes, and melted etorki, plus cocktails like a “Modern Mimosa” with prosecco, clarified OJ, and bubbles, and the enlivening Good Morning Vietnam, with Venezuelan rum, amaro, cold brew, and coconut cream. Choose between seating areas that include a sky-lit main dining room, cozy lounge with lush banquettes, and garden area with string lights and swaying trees.
How to book: via Tock.
Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser have plenty of space to work within the former St. Vibiana’s cathedral. In addition to the main dining room (with retractable roof) and bustling front lounge, there’s now additional (and rather romantic) seating in the Redbird Garden. As always, they continue to serve refined high-end comfort food, dishes like Dayboat Scallops with sunchokes and celery root, and Ricotta Cavatelli in a wild boar sugo. Happy hour (Wednesday-Friday from 5 to 7 pm at the bar) features $10 bites including Prawns and Grits, Duck Wings, and Shishito Peppers, plus discounted signature cocktails, beer, and wine.
How to book: Specify your preferred seating area on Tock. Redbird outlines reservations and protocols on their outdoor seating webpage.
Chef Neal Fraser will be putting a holiday spin on his seasonal modern-American menu come Christmas Eve with a three-course prix fixe dinner. Each guest chooses from several options for each course, and there’s a wine pairing option as well. Starter choices include a burrata and persimmon salad and a chicken liver tartine with cranberry mostarda, while entrees feature king salmon plated with herb gnocchi, black trumpet mushrooms, and a port reduction; and roasted turkey roulade done with chestnut stuffing and Brussels. For dessert, there’s banana bread pudding and a crème puff with praline ice cream. You can also kick things off with one of bar director Tobin Shea’s special holiday cocktails including the Japanese whiskey-based Apple Toddy. Book a table in the lounge, main dining room, or hard-to-believe-you’re-Downtown outdoor garden.
Dine in-details: $125 per person for dinner, $65 additional for wine pairings.
How to book: via Tock.
A must-visit for anyone who loves cocktails and historical architecture, Redbird is carved into the rectory building of the historic (former) Cathedral of St. Vibiana, which was built in downtown LA in 1876 (before it was DTLA) and has since been transformed into a multi-purpose event venue. The space is vibrant and impressive, and the food and cocktails equally so, as much at brunch as at dinner.